Talk about an app that has matured and improved with advancement. BeyondPod is a nice surprise. I used BeyondPod a few years ago. Not really liking it and was a little turned off with the fremium model. I wasn’t sure what I was going to lose, when the app turned off the premium features. Yet, it was free and I could listen to free just fine.
Remembering back to the cumbersome days of the earlier BeyondPod, I remember getting lost and having problems finding the podcast I was wanting to listen it. This has all been cleared up with the pull out menu that shows all of your podcasts and then they have Smart Play lists. This is a great way for people to have their play lists built every time a new episode is downloaded. This is one of the big draw backs from may of the earlier players. If you want to listen to a list you have to build it yourself each time you get a new episode. DoggCatcher does auto play lists and that is just about it, for the apps that I have reviewed at the point of this post being published.
Yet Now, The layout has been cleaned up and is fresher looking. A new user would be able to easily navigate the different categories and the fairly intuitive design will help people to not get lost and understand how to get from the album art episode page back to the homepage.
It would be nice if at the end of an episode BeyondPod would delete the file before playing next instead of just playing next. This would keep the new users from having to deal with a full device because the old episodes were still on the listening device. Many very new listeners wouldn’t think to look in the settings to change the Playlist Preference to delete and play next.
Auto-updates isn’t a deal breaker so to speak and is a gentle bit of pressure to get people to buy the upgrade. Yet this will be a listeners big grumble. They will be running behind and their shows are not updated and URGH! Screams of frustrations so If you do have a lot of shows you will want to update daily or Weekly. You want to work a download schedule into your routine.
Good things about BeyondPod
- A prefilled suggestion list – Several good podcasts and I added a new show to my lineup. (Thanks BeyondPod)
- Chromecast – great if you have the Chromecast dongle and you listen through your television.
- Easy categories to choose from and you can also create your own
- Settings-o-plenty but not overwhelming
- play Video’s as audio
- Car Mode – big buttons for using while driving.
- Set as a favorite – You will find those episodes you want to listen to again and you will be able to easily find those episodes.
Bad things about BeyondPod
- Mystery meat icons took me a while to find out that the play list icon is just that. I guess the number is what threw me.
- BeyondPod is set to automatically delete the listened too files. You will have to change the setting in ‘Playlist Preferences’
- No automatic updates
- Chromecast is Pay
- Faster speeds
- Automatic updates
Some people like challenges. Some people are truly nerds for the whole experience. If you want to do a podcast manager in one of the most aggravating and slow means, then try doing it command line style. Yep like the old DOS days, No User interface just type the command and letter her rip! If you are up and like that type if frustration you are either have self hate issues or you like to use Firenze, the command-line podcast and news aggregator. admitted I didn’t go very far into this app just because I don’t care to take a step back in tech. Firenze does have a UI but it is very basic and though am impressed with the number of features, this is not for a beginner. dont really know if it is for advanced users.
You can set conditions for downloads
You can manager your ID3 tags
You can split the mp3 files into different increments. Say you want an hour long show split into 30 minute pieces this podcaster will do it.
Firenze allows for setting of maximum simultaneous downloads.
You can access protected feeds
Also Firenze allows you to synchronize to your MP3 player
Allows you to import an OPML file
There are more command you can use than I would even know what to do with. This would be a great podcast manager if they improved the user interface
Download Firenze and learn all the command line codes on their site
Many of the old school podcast listeners know of this Podcast manager. Juice is the podcather you used, if you didn’t want to have to wait for the colossal download that was, and still is, iTunes. You could download this program in no time flat with it only being 6.3 MB in size instead of dialing in, yes some of us still were dialing in for a while, and downloading iTunes all night long.
So if this program is so old that it was around during dial-up days why review it now? That is ’cause it still works. Juice is a podcast aggregator, and that is what it does well. Though the app has not been updated since April of 2013, it still holds up, though the design is a bit dated.
The Features of Juice
Juice is Open source so you can download and use it for free under the GPL
Juice is not just english it supports more than 15 languages
Juice is designed to manage podcasts
Juice has a built-in directory so if you are new you will not have to go very far to find your first podcast to listen to.
Juice has auto cleanup, so once you listen to an episode of your favorite show it will be deleted instantly. that way you are not clogging your hard drives up with old shows.
Juice has centralized feed management so you can subscribe or unsubscribe to podcasts without having to do any technical acrobatics.
Juice is accessible for blind and visually impaired users now this feature is only for the windows version but the developers of Juice care that much.
Though this podcast manager doesn’t have much in the way of extra features it does do what it meant. Juice allows for you to download and play podcasts is it the best for a beginner? There are other podcasts managers that can do this better and are easier to use.
Miro – The open source podcast player and directory. Good directory if you are a podcaster looking for a place to list your show. The program itself is easy to navigate and has good support. You do want to read each install screen because it will install AVG if you just click Next. This is not bad program but can at times cause problems if you have other antivirus’ installed on your system.
Adding Podcasts are easy but the search bar for podcasts can be little hard to find. There is a different bar for the podcasts you have subscribed to and one that you search the directory for new shows. Adding podcast feeds is easy so that is a plus.
Great program no mobile support as of yet hope they do so soon.
The following is a list of podcasts manager or podcatchers these are programs designed to find and subscribe to podcasts. They also automatically download each new podcast episode as they become available.
Podcatchers for Computer
- iTunes – This is still the top method for listening to podcasts on a computer. It is a good way to manager your podcasts and to listen to them
- Miro: An integrated video player with podcatcher capabilities (cross-platform for: Windows, Linux, Mac OS X) (Download) (Review)
- Juice: A cross-platform podcatcher for: Windows, Linux, Mac OS X) (Download) (Review)
- Firenze: open-source, cross-platform, command line podcast client (written in java) highly configurable with support for conversion, conditional download and mp3 tags. (Review)
- Fluctu8: An online audio and video podcast aggregator featuring hundreds of thousands of podcasts. Includes integrated web player and easy integration with external podcasting and RSS software such as iTunes.
- Podfy: A cloud based podcast player that works in all platforms and devices. (Seems to of gone dark)
- HermesPod: The Tiny but Mighty desktop Podcatcher (Review)
- ShortOrange – Brand new use to be a directory but they are changing directions This group is not growing in their directory. They have updated the site and added a fresh new layout. Mobile friendly with a responsive design so you will be able to keep you podcast enjoyment going no mater if you are in front of the computer or riding in city traffic. Also if you are a user of their service and let them know your show will be featured. Now there is some help and discoverability for the podcaster. (Review)
- Uhura – Is a web-based Podcatcher where you sign in and you can stream your shows to your desktop or your mobile device. (Review)
- Ziepod – manage audio-based content published thru podcasts with this easy to use toolkit.
Podcatchers for iPhone
- Podcasts – Possibly the best app for iOS based devices. if you have iOS 6 it is already on your phone or iPod It allows for syncing the show you are listening to across multiple devices. So if you are listening on your desktop and you get in the can you will be able to pick up where you left off on your iPhone and when you get back home you can finish it on your iPad. Created by Apple. It links to the largest podcast directory on the net. The iTunes podcast directory
- Pocket Casts – ShiftyJelly – $1.99 – This is best across platform podcatcher I have used. It is not free though it is worth the couple of dollars it costs the layout is beautiful
- iTunes – if you have an older iOS device you may not have iOS6 so you can use the iTunes store and look for podcasts
- Downcast – $1.99 This is likely the most popular app for iOS based devices. Feature rich with the ability to sync and
- Flapcast –
- Instacast –
- Megaboga Casts –
- Podcaster –
- Podcatcher –
- PodCruncher –
- RSSRadio –
- Podcatchr –
- Overcast –
- ShortOrange –
- iCatcher! Podcast – $2.99 –
Podcatchers for Android
- PODFY – Cloud Podcast Player – Podfy is a cloud player that synchronizes your playlists and played items across all devices (phones, tables or PCs) (PODFY – Cloud Podcast Player on Google Play ($2.95)).
- Cast++ – A powerful and easy-to-use podcast player for Android. Instantly update the feeds of your podcast subscriptions by their cloud. (Review)
- AntennaPod – A free, open-source podcast manager for Android, licensed under the MIT License. (Review)
- BeyondPod – A podcast Manager and RSS Feed Reader for Android Phones. Syncs with Google Reader and uses a built in media player. This is the free lite version. (Review)
- DoggCatcher ($2.99) (Free) – Android podcatcher – supports audio/video/news, auto-download, streaming, integrated audio player, playlists. (Review)
- Pocket Casts ($3.99)- Versatile podcatcher for Android with support of audio and video episodes with downloading or streaming, and auto-download in the background. (Review)
- Podkicker – A podcast player/downloader/manager for Android. Supports audio. (Review)
- MyPOD – A podcast manager & player, supports audio/video, auto-download (wifi and power controllable), podcast management on the desktop via a browser interface.
- SwallowCatcher – A free, open-source podcast manager released under GNU Affero General Public License.
- Podcast Addict – A free podcast manager for Android that supports auto-download, streaming, playlist, resume.
- Podstars – A free podcatcher for Android. Basic playback features. OPML support
- Onecast – Free podcast manager and player
- iNetRadio – Free music and podcast player
- Podcatcher Deluxe – A full-featured audio and video podcast client designed to manage your podcast content whilst on the go
- Podcast Addict – With Podcast Addict, your audio & video Podcasts as well as your YouTube channels and RSS News feeds from your Android device. (Review)
- Podcast Republic –
- DoublePod –
- Podcast HD –
- Smart Podcast –
- OneCast –
- Podfy –
- PodStore –
- ACast – Podcast player and news reader – Abandoned app hasn’t been updated since 2011. (Review)
- acast – Acast is a game-changer for audio on demand. It enhances podcasts with “bling” – fresh, exciting content that upgrades the listening experience and makes good stories great. (Review)